xx women’s writing festival back for it’s second year

The xx women’s writing festival is back, following a hugely successful début year.

Seren authors will feature strongly at the second-ever xx women’s writing festival at Chapter Arts Centre between 6-8th March.

Tiffany Murray will talk about her forthcoming novel, the ghost story, Sugar Hall at the xx literary salon on Friday March 7th. Also at the salon is debut Rhondda writer Rhian Elizabeth, whose novel about two girls growing up in Tonypandy, Six Pounds Eight Ounces,  is published in April.

Saturday 8th March, sees a session on fiction and memoir inspired by life abroad and featuring new Seren writer Karen Fielding, whose debut novel American Sycamore comes out next month.

Kathryn Simmonds, Rhian Edwards, Zillah Bethell and Francesca Rhydderch will also be there, alongside AL Kennedy, Melissa Benn and Lennie Goodings of Virago. Painter Shani Rhys James whose book Florilingua, featuring poetry and paintings, has just been published, will also be at the festival as well as new Poetry Wales editor, Nia Davies.

The festival aims to highlight women authors from Wales and the world.

“While women authors are hugely influential in the literary world, books by women are still reviewed less than books by men, and women do less reviewing,” said Susie Wild, one of four organisers of xx. “Rather than just complain, we decided to bring more attention to the excellent writing by women that is out there and encourage men and women to come and hear these writers at xx.”

A full line up can be viewed at xxwales.wordpress.com, or you can follow xx on Twitter for updates @xx Wales. Tickets are available from the Chapter Arts box office.


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